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Best way to obtain CAPM Certification for a group of six

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Hello,

I am part of a large organization.  We have six new hires, including myself, that are looking to get our CAPM certifications.  We are all basically fresh out of college, in an early career development program.  Our program manager has instructed us to research training requirements and other options that we have in order to obtain the CAPM  Certification.  What would be the most cost and time effective way to do this.  

We have been looking at PMI's website for training options.  The group would prefer instructor led seminar courses, however, the only instructor courses that we have been able to find that were not webinars were PMP/CAPM courses.  I think most of the R.E.P.s (Registered Education Providers) only provide PMP courses, and they just tack on CAPM in order to get a slightly larger group.  But if we were to take these courses, we would have to intake a lot of PMP information that would not be related to the CAPM exam, so it would be information overload.

Do you guys know of any sole CAPM courses?  Would you recommend another alternative?  Our program champion is willing to invest in this, so although we are on a budget, I believe we can afford to spend some money on this.

Thanks!
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Hi

We've sent people to the Learning Tree courses (http://www.learningtree.com/courses/3601.htm) and the participants were pretty happy with the quality of the programme offered.  The cost was fairly high at around 2300 USD per head, but everyone passed, so guess it paid off.  

In all fairness, the CAPM exam is NOT difficult to pass and self-study can be enough in my opinion.  Attending an instructor led course is, perhaps, the most efficient means of study since you get the benefit of live interaction, but the value highly depends on whether the person teaching puts their heart into the job.  Sometimes you get a great instructor, sometimes you get a terrible one.  Luck of the draw.

Instead of spending a fair amount of cash, I would recommend you consider the self-study option, especially if there are experienced (and certified) project managers in your organisation.  Self-study, combined with coaching from experienced staff can give better results that a 36 hour course, plus it helps integrate the new staff more quickly into the organisation by building networks with experienced peers.  Sample questions for the CAPM are readily available online, for example, from http://www.mosaicprojects.com.au/Free_Questions_1.html .
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